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First, thanks for all the compliments on the Spartan Pullover Sweater and thanks for pointing out the obvious that this was my first sweater project, that I succesfully completed the fair isle & that the sweater is even wearable. Maybe I will attempt another sweater soon after all!

I’ve calculated that I knit about a sock a month currently, so when I saw that there was a Sock A Month Knitalong, I knew it was going to be something I could succeed at!

I signed up immediately (the first day) and to my utter astonishment and elation, a frequent commenter here, Karen, is my team leader. Isn’t it a small knit blogger world? I’ve decided to knit the Sugar-Free Diabetes Walk Socks again. I knit them once before and really liked the stitch pattern, but I knit them the first time in sockweight yarn & this time I wanted to knit them in worsted weight yarn as the pattern suggests. The pattern suggested Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, but since I have none in my stash & I’m trying not to buy much before I go to Stitches West, I searched to see what suitable alternate in my stash might work. I spied quite a few skeins of Berroco Pure Merino in the cabernet colorway & figured it would probably work just fine. So far, so good!

In other news, I did receive the jewelry I ordered from Heather. Everything was better than I even hoped for. I placed my order on Wednesday afternoon & had it in my hands on Saturday afternoon. I was definitely expecting beautiful jewelry, but just look at the fabulous packaging with the jewelry pouch, care card, Dove chocolates, (because chocolate goes with everything) and FREE earrings! You can’t tell by the photo, but they are the prettiest delicate pink color.

When I opened the jewelry pouch, I found my beautiful necklace. It was even better than I’d hoped & I’m so thankful that I found Heather and her etsy store.

The necklace is named “nora” and I noticed that she has another one in her etsy store (Twisted Lily Designs) available for purchase along with a lot of other beautiful jewelry. If I weren’t trying to save money for my Stitches West trip, I’d buy the other “nora” and give it as a gift to someone.

On Thursday I’m meeting Laura (a frequent commenter here) at a local yarn store. We had discovered over time that we both lived fairly close to each other & so obviously a meet up was in order. She has knit some absolutely beautiful items (and is working on a gorgeous afghan for her mom), but not only does she knit, she also stitches (cross-stitch). I thought this was quite ironic since I gave up cross-stitching last year when I started knitting. She has shown me through her blog that you can make time for both.So, just for you Laura, here’s what I WAS working on & set aside over a year ago. Thanks to you, I’ve pulled it out of the closet & may finish it.

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See those 3 items on the right sidebar under UFO’s? I hate them. Why are they there then? Because I don’t want to feel like I’ve wasted yarn money, so maybe if I have a list of UFO’s to look at, I may get off my butt & deal with the problem. I’ve decided to tackle them one at a time by either finishing them or completely frogging them & doing something else with the yarn until there’s hopefully nothing ever in the UFO list.

I’ve decided to first attack the Felted Slippers (Curiously Clever Clogs). These clogs aren’t Curious or Clever but actually Confusing & Contemptible. That’s right! These are the Confusing Contemptible Clogs!!

Since I belong to the Curiously Clever Clogs KAL, and most of those members seem to also have issues with the pattern, I’ve decided that the only source of help will probably be at the Stitch Diva Studios booth at Stitches West . Hopefully someone in their booth has knit these & can help me. I’ve had this in the UFO list for awhile & I’m just not going to let a $7 felted slipper pattern go to waste. I also noticed that there’s a Knit Doctor at Stitches West as well, so if I can’t get help at the Stitch Diva booth, may the Dr can help me!

On a side note, you may want to check out my favorite jewelry designer at her etsy shop named Twisted Lily Designs. She just uploaded some new jewelry today & it’s beautiful! Of course a lot of the best pieces have already sold, but there’s still some amazing pieces remaining. In fact, if I had more money, lily would be mine! She’s also got a great blog that includes knitting that I absolutely adore!!

One last thing, If you commented on my blog & you didn’t hear a personal response back from me, it’s because I don’t have your email address. Blogger is a hit/miss kind of thing with that so if you can leave me your email address next time, that would be great! THANKS to all of you for the comments on my socks. I guess I should re-title my last blog post to “Beautifully Black”.

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